Cocktail Cake

The complexity of a cocktail doesn’t always translate well into food, but I’ve found a reliable medium in the form of classic pound cake. As summer is winding down and there is a ton of fresh fruit at the market, I have been breaking these out more often. It’s simple even if you’re not a …

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

You’re the reason your dad drinks, so you might as well get him what he wants for Father’s Day.   Spirits There’s even more Japanese influence in the American bar scene now than there was among the Impressionists, so try starting with one of these new, fantastic (yet affordable enough to not make him ask why you …

Three More Equal Parts: The Simplest Cocktail Recipes Expanded

It doesn’t get much easier than this: equal measures of three ingredients to make these six fantastic cocktails from only eight bottles – and now I have an excuse to make a new Venn Diagram (here is last week’s). Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or an old fashioned glass with a big …

Three Equal Parts: The Simplest Cocktail Recipes

It doesn’t get much easier than this: equal measures of three ingredients to make these four fantastic cocktails from only six bottles – and now I have an excuse to make a Venn Diagram. Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or an old fashioned glass with a big cube of ice.  Garnish with …

Bitters Making Workshop at Batch Made Market

I was invited to present a workshop on how to make cocktail bitters at home during the inaugural Batch Made Market in San Francisco, and it was a big success! We did a quick overview of bitters’ history and uses, then dug into the tools, processes and testing methods for making bitters. It was a …

Wisdom of My Father

This is my first Father’s Day as a dad, and my parents just came out to visit from Vermont to meet the baby and spend some time with me in San Francisco. Along with sound advice on parenting and relationships, my father dropped some cocktail wisdom on me when I took my folks out to …